MIDDLETOWN, NJ – The following activities are scheduled at the Middletown Township Public Library, 55 New Monmouth Road, Middletown:


20somethings Book Club

7 p.m. Tuesday, January 7

20somethings Book Club is for adults aged 20-29. The group will meet the first Tuesday night of each month. The first meeting is a meet and greet and the first book will be chosen by the group. Please register online at www.mtpl.org or call (732) 671-3700 x320.


We treat each of our patients as part of the family at Atlantic Highlands Animal Hospital. We offer top-quality surgical and dental treatments for cats and dogs. For the best pet care in the Atlantic Highlands, NJ, call us at (732) 291-4400. https://www.atlantichighlandsvet.com


Arm Knitting for Teens

7 p.m. Thursday, January 9

Come out and learn how to arm knit an infinity scarf! No needles needed. Just your 2 arms and we provide the wool and the instruction! Check it out here: www.armknitting.com. Space is limited, so please register at www.mtpl.org. Participants must be 12-18 years.


Gadget Drop-in

11 a.m. Friday, January 10

Stop by with all of your new gadgets and we’ll explore what they can do. Having trouble getting set up? Let us take a look and see if we can help you sort it out. Please bring your devices and any manuals or instructions that came with them.

Excerpts from “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”

2 p.m. Sunday, January 12

The Middletown High School North Theatre Ensemble will preview songs from their upcoming production, and host an interactive audience spelling bee. This event is free; all are welcome.

The show can be seen in its entirety on January 23 and 24th at 7 p.m. in the High School Auditorium. Tickets for that performance will be available for $5.00 at the door.

Palliative Care and Advanced Directives (Living Wills)

2 p.m. Tuesday, January 14

Learn the holistic approach to improving quality of life during serious illness. Find out more about care that is available to enhance comfort and improve the quality of an individual’s life during the last phase of life.

This event is free, but registration is required. Call 1 (800) 560-9990 to register.


Windows 8

7 p.m. Tuesday, January 14

Learn about Microsoft’s latest operating system in this guided tour. Find out how to get more out of your new computer or tablet.

Blackout Poetry

7 p.m. Thursday, January 23

“Blackout poetry” is poetry made by blacking out the words in a text with a permanent marker, leaving behind only a few choice words to make a poem. Please register at www.mtpl.org.

Digital Scrapbooking

2 p.m. Saturday, January 25

Ready to preserve your memories digitally? Learn the basics of this creative hobby and explore the equipment and programs you need to create beautiful pages. Discover how to: create a digital layout from scratch, digitize traditional photos, share your scrapbook online, and more.


Teen Makeup and Skin Care Tips

7 p.m. Thursday, January 30

Grace Sepe Caputi of Salon La De DA of Middletown will present expert makeup and skin care tips. With more than 20 years professional experience, Ms. Caputi was the makeup artist for the Tiffany & Co. grand opening and Breast Cancer Ball in Red Bank. Space is limited; reserve your spot at www.mtpl.org.


11 a.m. Friday, January 31

Instagram is a popular social website where you can upload photos and videos, apply stylish filters, and share them with friends and the world. Learn more and experiment in our computer lab.


The Garden State: Where Ideas Grow

7 p.m. Wednesday, January 29

The modern submarine. Band-Aids. Movies. Color TV. Ice cream cones. Barcodes. What do all those things have in common? They were all invented in the great state of New Jersey! Join author Linda Barth as she explores ground-breaking, useful, fun, and even silly inventions and their roots in the garden state.

January 2014 – Recurring Events for Adults and Teens

American Sign Language

1 p.m. Sundays in January

Teens Sarah and Phoebe teach American Sign Language in the group study room on Sundays. No registration required for this ongoing program.


Movie Mondays

2:30 p.m. Mondays in January

The Middletown Township Public Library will show the following recent blockbuster films as part of its Movie Mondays series:

            1/6 – The Lone Ranger (2013; PG-13; 149 minutes)

            1/13 – The Heat (2013; R; 117 minutes)

            1/20 – Star Trek Into Darkness (2013; PG-13; 132 minutes)

            1/27 –The World’s End (2013; R; 109 minutes)

Conversational Spanish

7 p.m. Mondays in January

Come and learn to speak the beautiful Spanish language in an informal, conversational setting. Please register online at mtpl.org or call (732) 671-3700 x320.


The Noble Writers

10 a.m. Wednesdays in January

The Noble Writers is a writing group for women. They meet every Wednesday morning in the New Jersey History Room. This group is self-led. All are welcome to join; no registration is required.

Neighbors helping Neighbors

7 p.m. Wednesdays in January

10 a.m. Thursdays in January

Neighbors helping Neighbors is for anyone in career transition, unemployed, underemployed, and recent college graduates in business, non-profit and education fields. All are welcome.

Fostering a pay-it-forward and accountability meeting model, it is for anyone re-entering the job market, struggling small business owners and anyone looking for part-time or volunteer work.

For more information contact [email protected], or visit www.nhnusa.org.

Conversational English

7 p.m. Thursdays in January

An informal setting for persons for whom English is not their primary language. The goal is to become comfortable with English by interacting with others. For more information, contact Brigitta Graf at (732) 758-8050.


Maker Session for Teens

3 p.m. Thursday, January 2

Maker session will serve as an idea lab and creation space for teens to explore their creativity and cultivate their imaginations in interactive, hands-on ways. In this way, teens are participating in the maker culture as well as in STEM activities. Students from High Tech will lead the activities, incorporating STEM. Registration appreciated but not required. Register online at www.mtpl.org or call (732) 671-3700, x320.


Microsoft Word Discussion Group

7 p.m. Thursday, January 2

Learn about the popular word processing software from Microsoft with facilitator Chris Ching. No registration necessary. This group meets on the first Thursday of every month.

Book Discussion Group

9:30 a.m. Friday, January 3

The Book Discussion Group will discuss Rules of Civility, by Amor Towles. Coffee will be served at 9 a.m., and discussion will start at 9:30 a.m. All are welcome.

To reserve your copy of this month’s selection, go to www.mtpl.org or call (732) 671-3700 ext. 320.

Teen Art Club

4 p.m. Friday, January 3

4 p.m. Friday, January 17

Local teen Caroline runs this popular art club program. It meets in the library’s Teen Zone. Many forms of art are explored; please bring a drawing pad and pencil. All teens are welcome!


Mystery Book Group

10 a.m. Wednesday, January 8

The Mystery Book Group will discuss Calculated in Death, by J.D. Robb. All are welcome.

To reserve your copy of this month’s selections, go to www.mtpl.org or call (732) 671-3700 ext. 320.


Sci-Fi Book and Movie Discussion Group

5:30 p.m. Thursday, January 9

The Science Fiction Book and Movie Discussion Group will view Moon (1999, PG; 88 minutes) and discuss Rogue Moon, by Algis Budrys. All are welcome.

To reserve your copy of this month’s selections, go to www.mtpl.org or call (732) 671-3700 ext. 320.


Adult Activity Session: Gaming

2:30 p.m. Friday, January 10

All adults are invited to come and play games! Come out and have some fun and maybe you’ll win a prize! Please register but all are welcome. All are welcome to attend, but registration is appreciated. Register online at www.mtpl.org or call (732) 671-3700, x320.


Teen Manga Club

3:30 p.m. Friday, January 10

3:30 p.m. Friday, January 24

The Teen Manga Club, for ages 12-18, will meet in the community room for an anime screening and discussion. Register online at www.mtpl.org or call (732) 671-3700, x320.

Conversational French

9 a.m. Monday, January 11

Come and learn to speak the beautiful French language in an informal, conversational setting. All are welcome; no registration necessary.


7 p.m. Monday, January 13

Join the Brookdale Computer Users Group and accountant John Corbett for a workshop on the ins and outs of QuickBooks. Bring questions and learn how to use this popular and powerful accounting software. This group meets on the second Monday of every month.


Library Board Meeting

7 p.m. Wednesday, January 15

The Middletown Township Public Library’s Board of Trustees will meet on Wednesday, January 15, 2013, beginning at 7 p.m.


Cookbook Club

7 p.m. Monday, January 20

This month we will discuss cookies! Open to anyone who enjoys cookbooks and cooking.


4H Robotics Club

11:30 a.m. Saturday, January 18

Under the guidance of parent Gladys Rios and other parents, the 4-H Robotics Club meets the third Saturday of each month. 4-H asks that all attendees either commit to 4-H or consider becoming a member. Questions can be directed to [email protected]

Microsoft Excel

11 a.m. Wednesday, January 22

Learn about creating spreadsheets in this introductory class. Explore the program’s interface and discover how to calculate data and present information. We will use Microsoft Excel to organize and display data.

PC Round Table

12 p.m. Tuesday, January 28

The Brookdale Computer Users Group Workshop holds its monthly PC Roundtable. Discuss your computer problems with the experts! This is a group discussion for intermediate and advanced users; no instruction is provided.

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